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The Embassy

The Embassy's main objective is to further cement the amicable bilateral ties between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom, which date back to 1903.

The Embassy carries out official diplomatic activities and serves as a vital resource for Ethiopians in the United Kingdom as well as partners and friends of Ethiopia.

H.E. Mr Fesseha Shawel Gebre

Ambassador Fesseha assumed his post in London in February 2019.

He joined the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990 and as a career diplomat has served at Diplomatic Missions to the Republic of South Sudan in Juba (Ambassador, 2015-18), in Nairobi, Kenya (Deputy Head of Mission, 2010-14), Mogadishu, Somalia (Charge d’Affairs, 2005-08) and in Cairo, Egypt (1995-2001). In between he was assigned to various posts within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Deputy Chief of Cabinet, Chief Advisor on the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development and the Deputy Head of the Somalia Office.

Fesseha Shawel Gebre holds an MA in International Conflict Management from the University of Nairobi in Kenya (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia (1988).

Full biography is available on request. Please submit your request via the Contact Us form.

  • Previous Ambassadors

    H.E. Dr Hailemichael Aberra Afework (2016 – 2019)

    H.E. Mr Berhanu Kebede (2006 – 2016)

    H.E. Mr Fisseha Adugna (2002 – 2006)

    H.E. Dr Beyene Negewo (1999 – 2002)

    H.E. Dr Solomon Gidada (1992 – 1999)

    H.E. Mr Teferra Haile-Selassie (1985 – 1992)

    H.E. Mr Ayalew Wolde-Giorgis (1977 – 1985)

    H.E. Mr Zaudie Makusia (1976 – 1977)

    H.E. Lieutenant-General Iyassu Mengesha (1970 – 1976)

    H.E. Mr Gebre Meskel Kiflegzy (1966 – 1970)

    H.E. Mr Haddis Alemayehu (1961 – 1966)

    H.E. Lij Endalkachew Mekonnen (1960-1961)

    H.E. Mr Emmanuel Abraham (1956 – 1960)

    H.E. Mr Abebe Retta (1949 – 1956)

    H.E. Mr Belata Ayele Gebre (1942 – 1949)

    H.E. Dr Worqneh C. Martin (1937 – 1942)

Ababi Demissie (Amb.)

Ato Ababi assumed his post in London in August 2016.

He previously served as the Director-General for Public Diplomacy and Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2015. Prior to this, Ato Ababi served as the Deputy Head of Mission, with the rank of Ambassador, at the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing between 2010-2012.

In his previous post at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ato Ababi played a key role in the establishment of the first ever Ethiopian Public Diplomacy team within the Ministry and successfully launched the institution’s digital diplomacy strategy.

Ato Ababi has also previously served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Peoples Representatives, during which time, he was elected Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Rural Development Affairs. He was involved in the Secretariat of the Ethiopian Millennium Festival National Council where he engaged in coordinating its fundraising activities. As a trained agro-economist, he has led several agricultural departments at the District and Zone levels within the Amhara Regional State.

Full biography is available on request. Please submit your request via the Contact Us form.

Prof John Struthers

Professor John Struthers was appointed Ethiopia’s Honorary Consul for Scotland in April 2015. He is the Director of CAREED – the Centre for African Research for Enterprise and Economic Development – at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). John helps establish links between the Embassy and Scottish academia, business and the political establishment, encouraging trade, investment, education and skills transfer between Scotland and Ethiopia. One success has been the commencement in Ethiopia of a geo-thermal project supported by Glasgow University.

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The Departments

Public Diplomacy and Communications

Responsible for coordinating the Embassy's media relations, promoting Ethiopia's image in the United Kingdom and facilitating educational partnerships between higher learning insitutions in both countries. The Public Diplomacy Department is the first port-of-call for all media enquiries.

Diplomats:
Mr Mekonnen Amare - Minister Counsellor
Mr Getachew Meseret - Second Secretary

Diaspora Engagement

Responsible for coordinating the Embassy's engagement with the Ethiopian diaspora in the UK. The Department encourages the Diaspora to engage with Ethiopia, culturally, economically and through skills and knowledge transfer initiatives.

Diplomats:
Ms Roza Yerukneh - Minister
Mr Atnafu Asfaw - Counsellor

Economic and Business Diplomacy

Responsible for coordinating the Embassy's trade and investment activities and promoting Ethiopian tourism. The Department assists with enquiries from businesses that are looking to expand, or initiate, their activities in Ethiopia and works to increase trade relations between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.

Diplomats:
Mr Araya Geberegiziabher - Minister
Ms Nardos Ayalew - Minister Counsellor
Ms Workaferahu Aklilu - Minister Counsellor
Mr Kedir Mahamed - Third Secretary

Consular & Visa Department

Responsible for issuing formal documents such as passports, laissez-passers and visas and for formalising documents. The Department has jurisdiction over the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Scotland and North Ireland.

Diplomats:
Ms Tsehay Tadesse - Counsellor
Mr Solomon Mekonnen - Third Secretary

Administration and Finance

Responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the embassy and for all matters related to finance, both internal and external.

Diplomats:
Mr Eshetu Yimer - Counsellor
Mr Amanuel Alemu - Minister Counsellor
Mr Mesfin Woldeselassie - Counsellor
Mr Ermias Asmare - Minister Counsellor

Political and Economic Affairs

Responsible for strengthening the political and economic relations between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.

Diplomats:
Mr Zerihun Abebe Yigzaw - Minister Counsellor
Mr Dimru Bekele - Second Secretary

Employment Opportunities

Work at the Ethiopian Embassy in London

Information on current vacancies and how to apply.

How to Find Us

The Embassy is located on Princes Gate overlooking Hyde Park on Kensington Road.

Address

17 Princes Gate, Knightsbridge
London SW7 1PZ

Embassy Opening Times

Monday to Friday
09:00 - 17:00

Consular Opening Times

Monday to Friday
09:00 - 15:00